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I wasn't sure where to put this but I know some have asked questions about it before but the Chuck & Tito 30 for 30 show is being shown this Friday evening at 22:00 on BT Sport 1.

If he's only been doing bare knuckle boxing, surely he hung up the gloves ages ago? 

He’s a legit BJJ guy but I don’t know if he’s even been competing in grappling competitions of late. He just rides McGregor’s dick and keeps reminding everyone they’re mates. He’s fucking embarrassing

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Tim Sylvia's Twitter is a riot at the moment. 

- He's claiming that Couture, Hendo, Shogun, Nog, Serra and others fought on PEDs (even though they never tested positive for illegal substances)

- He's saying that he would slap Dana's "teeth down his throat" if he could "get him in a gym with him".

- He's claiming that the UFC is a popularity contest for those who kiss Dana's backside.

The trigger for all this was Bisping's induction. It seems that Big Timmey thinks that Frank Shamrock, Jens Pulver and himself are more worthy of induction. He has a point to a degree. Pulver and Shamrock should have been inducted years ago. Shamrock was a pioneer of the game in the late 1990s and was also the world's best fighter for a stretch of time before Sakuraba hit his stride. Pulver was the UFC's first Lightweight Champion and had a nice run where he beat Penn, Uno and Hallman (three legitimate contenders at the time). 

Timmey himself? A case could be made that he's as worthy as Bisping. He was the UFC's best Heavyweight for a while, and he defied the odds by regaining the title from Arlovski. Only he and Cain have regained the UFC Heavyweight title after losing it. However, he didn't have the same fairytale career as Bisping. He also didn't spearhead the UFC's expansion into a new market. While you could argue that Bisping was never the best Middleweight in the sport, the same could be said for Sylvia at Heavyweight. The likes of Fedor, Big Nog and Crop were always better than him.

Ultimately, Sylvia will never get in because he has a reputation for being the face of the UFC's Heavyweight division when it was a bit shit. That, and the reputation he himself has for being a bit shit. It's harsh, because he was a top 5-7 Heavyweight between 2003-2008 and not as crap as most make him out to be. But that's that really. 

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ive ragged on Timmeh over the years but he really should sit in that classic heavyweight position alongside the likes of Josh Barnett, Pedro Rizzo etc. guys that sit outside of the GOAT discussion but are highly regarded and fondly remembered. Sylvia is largely remembered as a bit of a laughing stock though which is a bit of a shame. Prime-era Timmeh would still be a handful and likely a top 5 heavyweight today.

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8 minutes ago, Egg Shen said:

ive ragged on Timmeh over the years but he really should sit in that classic heavyweight position alongside the likes of Josh Barnett, Pedro Rizzo etc. guys that sit outside of the GOAT discussion but are highly regarded and fondly remembered. Sylvia is largely remembered as a bit of a laughing stock though which is a bit of a shame. Prime-era Timmeh would still be a handful and likely a top 5 heavyweight today.

I agree with most of this

Although I can't wait for Wand to see the bolded later on. 

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Bit of a fuss on Twitter for the fans in the USA with the latest UFC PPV announcement.

Essentially, all PPV's now can only be bought through ESPN+ as opposed to a normal cable company, meaning if you live in America, and want to purchase a PPV, then you're going to have to fork out $4.99 for an ESPN+ subscription on top of the $59.99 price of the PPV (which hasn't been changed or reduced). I can see PPV buys nosediving even further on the back of this news.

Justifies further how lucky we are to have everything on BT.

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2 hours ago, wandshogun09 said:

Tim Sylvia. 

Fondly Remembered. 

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i dont get it, but ok.

in other news, this beastly looking fella has just signed with the UFC:

 

16-0 205lb'er.

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No way is he light heavy, he looks like a leaner version of Fedor body wise. Also one of the clips looks like him sparking out Bigfoot Silva, but looking at the result he won by decision. A strong gust of wind will knockout Bigfoot these day, also he weighed in on his last fight at 215.5 which is a good 10lbs of LHW.

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Speaking of Bigfoot, his daughter made her amateur MMA debut the other day. Lost on points. Thankfully for her, she must’ve got her looks off her mum. 

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And Egg, I meant that if anyone who lived through the Tim Sylvia era remembers it fondly, they need to stop it and get some help. Unless people have ‚Äėfond memories‚Äô of the time he shat his shorts or those awful fights with Jeff Monson,¬†Brandon Vera etc.¬†

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4 minutes ago, wandshogun09 said:

And Egg, I meant that if anyone who lived through the Tim Sylvia era remembers it fondly, they need to stop it and get some help. Unless people have ‚Äėfond memories‚Äô of the time he shat his shorts or those awful fights with Jeff Monson,¬†Brandon Vera etc.¬†

Aye, his 2006/2007 fights and the pants-shitting are probably what he is best remembered for. His fight with Monson and the third fight with Arlovski were horrible. The Vera fight wasn't up to much either. 

However, most of his UFC fights before 2006/2007 were decent to watch. They were usually 1-round shootouts (Ricco, the first two fights with Arlovski, Tra Telligman, McGee, etc). He also had a decent brawl with Cabbage in 2002. But few remember those fights because they came before the TUF era kicked in. The only fight of his that people really remember of his prior to 2006 is the Mir fight, where he got his arm snapped.

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I remember those fights and enjoyed them. Especially the Cabbage brawl and the second Arlovski fight. But the soiling himself mid-fight and those shit fights against¬†Monson and Arlovski (third fight) were what he‚Äôs always predominantly going to be remembered for. Those fights were 5 rounds but felt like 15. He was bad more and longer than he was good. At least it seemed that way. I also remember him talking shite about Fedor and Big Nog when they were in Pride, then he got beat by faded versions of both when Pride was dead and gone. Sylvia wasn‚Äôt a bad fighter at all in his day. I‚Äôll never pretend otherwise. But it‚Äôs a fact that he ruled over the worst heavyweight division the UFC has probably ever had. Aside from the win over Arlovski in their second fight (and even then he got put on his arse before coming back), how impressive was his resume? People love to dissect and shit all over (pun intended, Timothy) Pride‚Äôs top heavyweights records but who the fuck did Sylvia beat when he sat atop the UFC‚Äôs division during that same time period? There‚Äôs a reason there was almost universal rejoicing when Randy ‚Äėnot bad for an old man‚Äô¬†Couture came out of retirement and stopped the misery that was The Maine-iac‚Äôs title reign in 2007. And it wasn‚Äôt just because Randy was beloved. It was like waking up from a bad dream when Randy clobbered him with that big overhand right and knocked him flying in the opening seconds of their fight. A realisation that things were going to be alright.

In hindsight, that Couture vs Sylvia fight was the end of that shitty heavyweight era. It’s never been that bad again. Within months of Sylvia losing the strap we saw Big Nog, Cro Cop and Heath Herring come in. And by the end of 2008 the division had gained Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin. Some of the criticism Sylvia gets is harsh, fair enough. But whether it’s deserved or not, I think the name Tim Sylvia is always going to be synonymous and associated with that dark and gloomy era of the heavyweight division where the likes of Paul Buentello, Justin Eilers and Gan McGee were in the title mix. 

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Beautiful. 

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His trash talking was fucking horrible. He was even worse than Ortiz and Covington in that regard. In fairness though, he was put on the spot a lot of the time. I mean, he was never going to come out and admit that he fought scrubs and that Fedor would kill him.

His resume does have some quality wins on it. The 2nd win over Arlovski was impressive (as mentioned). Monson was arguably a top 10 heavyweight, certainly in the top 15. Monson went on to beat Fujita in Pride. Vera was also a decent win at the time. It's easy to forget that Vera was a hot property in 2007. Sylvia's win over Ricco was decent as well. Ricco went on to give Big Nog a competitive fight in Pride. 

You are ultimately right though. Couture beating Sylvia did usher in a new and better era for the UFC's Heavyweight division. Other than Gonzaga and Mir, the division changed completely between 2006 and 2008. 

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